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With his granddaughter, Ally, having less time to help with his 19 lighted reindeer, Fred Smith of Groveland decided to cull his herd.

As a decoration loses its luster, some turn to Craigslist

Type “Christmas” into Craigslist’s Boston edition at this time of year, and thousands of items pop up.

The Old Northern Avenue Bridge, built in 1908, has teetered on the edge of demolition a number of times.

JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE GLOBE

City closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

The Old Northern Avenue Bridge, built in 1908, has teetered on the edge of demolition a number of times.

Heather Hersey and other workers were greeted by a huge crowd of supporters on the mill’s last day.

Closing of Maine papermaker ends a way of life

The 84-year-old Bucksport plant is the latest mill to fall victim to increased energy costs, global competition, and a decline in demand.

Sony was wrong to pull ‘The Interview,’ Obama says

“We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States,” President Obama said.

Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

The president, citing Boston’s determination after the Marathon bombings, criticized Sony’s reaction after a cyberattack.

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

Partner’s role complicates Rosenberg’s dealings

Stanley Rosenberg, the incoming state Senate president, has close ties to a public affairs firm through his partner, Bryon Hefner.

The Nation

Sony was wrong to pull ‘The Interview,’ Obama says

“We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States,” President Obama said.

By Matt Viser

The president, citing Boston’s determination after the Marathon bombings, criticized Sony’s reaction after a cyberattack.

FBI evidence often mishandled, inquiry finds

Researcher Bruce Ivins was suspected of sending anthrax-filled envelopes.

By Matt Apuzzo

A highly critical internal investigation discovered errors with nearly half the pieces of evidence it reviewed.

Obama speaks out after FBI ties attack to N. Korea

By Michael S. Schmidt

President Obama said Friday the US “will respond proportionally” against North Korea for its destructive cyberattacks on Sony Pictures.

The World

Pakistan forces kill at least 67 suspected militants

A Pakistani Frontier Corps member walked past the bodies of militants who were killed in a military operation in Tirah, near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border on Friday.

By Tim Craig

A series of airstrikes and ground offensives targeted Pakistani’s northwestern tribal areas, officials said.

Japanese stem cell scientist resigns post after retests fail

By Martin Fackler

Riken had given researcher Haruko Obokata three months to repeat the experiments that were the basis for her claims.

Alleged Israeli spy said to have helped thwart Hezbollah

By Hugh Naylor

The Mossad agent infiltrated the upper echelons of Hezbollah’s security apparatus before being arrested recently, according to security officials.

Editorial & Opinion

opinion | Michael A. Cohen

Media overreach in Sony hack

A woman walked past a poster for “The Interview” outside a theater in New York.

By Michael A. Cohen

By feasting at the trough of misbegotten gains, major outlets increased the pressure on Sony to cave.

Lawrence harmon

Hurry it up with solution for homeless

Boston mayor Marty Walsh

By Lawrence Harmon

The needs of people who lug their possessions around in trash bags don’t often trump the desires of people who sit in luxury boxes.

editorial

Vivek Murthy’s opportunity to discuss guns

Dr. Vivek Murthy prepares to testify in February in Washington, D.C., at a hearing on his nomination.

The new surgeon general has the facts on his side to elevate the discussion about guns.

Metro

Closing of Maine papermaker ends a way of life

Heather Hersey and other workers were greeted by a huge crowd of supporters on the mill’s last day.

By Brian MacQuarrie

The 84-year-old Bucksport plant is the latest mill to fall victim to increased energy costs, global competition, and a decline in demand.

City closes Northern Avenue Bridge in South Boston

The Old Northern Avenue Bridge, built in 1908, has teetered on the edge of demolition a number of times.

By Nicole Dungca

The Old Northern Avenue Bridge, built in 1908, has teetered on the edge of demolition a number of times.

Partner’s role complicates Rosenberg’s dealings

Senator Stanley Rosenberg’s close ties to a public affairs firm, through his partner, Bryon Hefner (right), add a layer of complexity to his attendance at events held by Regan Communications or any of its clients.

By Jim O’Sullivan and Frank Phillips

Stanley Rosenberg, the incoming state Senate president, has close ties to a public affairs firm through his partner, Bryon Hefner.

Business

Study recommends state ‘carbon tax’ to fight climate change

By Jay Fitzgerald

A state report says hiking the price of petroleum products would force many to reduce the use of gas, oil, and fossil fuels.

Gold is losing its shine for investors

Rich Murphy and his brother are certain people will return to gold.

By Deirdre Fernandes

A sharp decline in gold prices — from $1,900 an ounce in 2011 to $1,200 now — has left some companies struggling.

FDA approvals boost 2 Mass. biotech firms

A researcher at Cubist Pharmaceuticals in Lexington.

By Robert Weisman

Lexington-based Cubist and Watertown-based Enanta received good news on Friday from federal regulators.

Obituaries

Sy Berger, 91; creator of modern baseball card

Mr. Berger had his own Topps card issued in 2004.

By Richard Goldstein

Mr. Berger transformed a boys’ hobby into a high-stakes pop culture niche.

Sports

CELTICS 114, TIMBERWOLVES 98

Celtics pull away from Timberwolves

Brandon Bass throws down a dunk for 2 of his 9 points Friday night. (Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff) Topic: 20celtics Reporter:

By Julian Benbow

Friday night’s game was Boston’s first since trading Rajon Rondo to the Dallas Mavericks.

Gary Washburn | On basketball

Following Rajon Rondo trade, it’s all about patience for Celtics

Celtics president Danny Ainge spoke Friday with reservation and uncertainty.

By Gary Washburn

With Rajon Rondo gone and more assets accumulated, Danny Ainge is plotting the team’s next moves.

Jets 2, Bruins 1

Bruins can’t find offense in loss to Jets

Dec 19, 2014; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Boston Bruins defenceman Torey Krug (47) celebrates after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period at MTS Centre. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Fedyck-USA TODAY Sports

By Amalie Benjamin

Torey Krug scored the only goal for the Bruins, who lost two of three games on their road trip.

G: Family

Temple Israel volunteer woodworkers build goodwill in Natick

Members of Temple Israel in Natick (from left: Fred Merkowitz, Jay Ball, David Yarckin, Ben Greenberg, John Miller, Allen Block, Steve Friedman, Alex Eventov, Israel Michaeli, David Jacobs, Al Schneider, and Dubi Gordo) display an indoor play structure/puppet theater they made for Morse Institute Library.

By James Sullivan

Over the years the group has taken on assignments from various groups, religious and not, in the larger community.

Stephen Colbert says goodbye to ‘The Colbert Report’

Colbert Nation, you didn’t need to fear the Reaper after all.

By Matthew Gilbert

A singalong showpiece in the final episode may have featured more famous people in the same room than ever seen before.

book review

‘The Skeleton Road’ by Val McDermid

By Daneet Steffens

McDermid pulls off a tidy trick here, manipulating three distinct story strands.